Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Men are that they might have joy! Jan. 19, 2015

Dear Family and Friends, 

It has been a good, and tiring week. Such is the life of a missionary. 

Ramon is pretty much a missionary now and comes to teach others with us. If you have never gotten the opportunity to teach with missionaries, please find your local missionaries THIS WEEK and ask them if you can come with them at some point. Tell them it doesn't matter if they have set appointments because the truth is, miracles are usually unplanned. For example: 

This week we were biking down the street and it was a really nice warm day. There was a guy sitting outside playing his guitar and it was SUPER BEAUTIFUL (it reminded me of mom's acoustic). So I stopped and started to talk to him and asked him if I could play his guitar for a minute. We continued to talk and bear testimony of eternal families. He felt the Spirit really strong and his eyes began to tear up. The English sisters are now teaching the whole family! Miracle! We would have LOVED to have a member out with us at that time so they could be part of it and share their experiences as a forever family.
 We also found this really awesome guy this week. His name is Mike. Please pray for him. His mom is from France. His dad is from England and he grew up in Mexico. So he speaks to us in Spanish with a french accent. He can read/understand English and sings in french. Kind of weird but also super cool. 

Sometimes you are just exhausted after nightly planning and fall asleep on the floor. Happens to the best of us.
This picture below was right before church on Sunday. Church is pretty much my favorite thing ever. For most people Sundays are a day of rest but for missionaries, it is probably the most stressful day of the week because you really want to help people come to church! But when I get to take the Sacrament, all of my worries go away and I can just think about my Savior and the promises I've made to always remember Him. What a blessing it is to be able to start each week out clean again.  This talk discusses how the Sacrament can really change us each week. 

Elder Holland said: 

[The sacramentshould be powerful, reverent,reflective moment. It should encourage spiritual feelings and impressions. As such it should not be rushed. It is not something to ‘get over’ so that the real purpose of sacrament meeting can be pursued. This is the real purpose of the meeting.And everything that is said or sung or prayed in those services should be consistent with the grandeur of this sacred ordinance.

I testify that the power of the Atonement is REAL. God wants us to be happy. And we feel happiness by constantly using the Atonement to be better. I am so grateful for the peace that the Sacrament bring. I hope we can all use this week to prepare for that sacred time we get to renew our promises with God. 

-Hermana Ries

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